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Chart Recorders: Definition, Types, Uses, and How to Choose

Posted by TechStar on May 12, 2022 12:00:00 AM

What is a chart recorder?

A chart recorder is an instrument that records electrical and process signals. Traditionally, chart records are built of a piece of paper and a pen that creates marks in response to a signal. 

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Online vs Hands-On: Which is best for technical training?

Posted by TechStar on May 5, 2022 2:43:00 PM

What happens in online technical training?

In online technical training, students can watch live or recorded talks that cover in-depth analysis of applications, solutions, and the overall process industry. Online technical training can also include interactive sessions where students can ask questions and participate in discussions in real time. 

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THE UNIT: Why Use a Hands-On Technical Training Facility

Posted by TechStar on Apr 28, 2022 12:00:00 AM

What is THE UNIT?

 THE UNIT is a training and development solution that provides application-specific hands-on experience. The Functional Verification Unit is a training facility site for companies to conduct process-specific, interactive training without interrupting in-house production. At THE UNIT, TechStar offers customizable technical training resources to mimic your specific process conditions, testing, and troubleshooting. The controlled environment is ideal for small group sessions to onboard new personnel, train team members for specific products, and conduct mandatory recertification to maintain compliance. Check out this video to see the fully functional live unit, innovative level solutions, reliable flow measurement, process automation, custom cabinets and enclosures, technical courses, custom sessions, hands-on training, engaging classroom instruction, a full range of instruments and devices, and more.

 

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Keeping Astronauts Safe on the International Space Station

Posted by TechStar on Apr 21, 2022 11:49:00 AM

Now onboard the International Space Station (ISS), MSA Safety's combustible gas sensors are part of NASA's Advanced Hydrogen Sensor Technology Demonstration. The system is testing new ways to keep astronauts safe by detecting hydrogen, a highly flammable gas.

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Topics: MSA, Gas Detection Solutions, Safety

Hand-on Technical Training for Process, Instrumentation, and Controls

Posted by TechStar on Apr 21, 2022 2:00:00 AM

Providing necessary training for workers is one way for organizations to ensure their employees can appropriately perform their jobs to an organization’s standards. While technical training is needed across a broad range of industries, from software engineering to accounting to marketing, in this article, we’ll be looking at hands-on training for process, instrumentation, and controls. Training in these industries requires hands-on training because workers are using highly specialized machines and equipment. 

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Oil and Gas Big Data Analytics: Transforming Refineries

Posted by TechStar on Apr 14, 2022 12:00:00 AM

How Big Data Analytics is Used in Oil and Gas Refineries

 Big data analytics is transforming the oil and gas refinery industry. Oil and gas refineries generate large amounts of data that include equipment insights, maintenance reports, performance measurements, and more. Those monumental volumes of data must be processed and analyzed in order to deliver value. While refineries have been using organizational and analytical tools for a very long time, big data oil and gas offers innovative solutions that can make the industry more efficient and profitable. In light of volatile changes in supply and demand, oil and gas big data analytics can help companies improve their operations and sustain a competitive advantage. For refineries, big data analytics can enhance and improve the process control systems, manufacturing processes, emergency shutdown systems, equipment interfaces, laboratory information system, online analyzers, asset management systems, and more.

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A Guide to Data Acquisition / DAQ Systems

Posted by TechStar on Apr 7, 2022 12:00:00 AM

Data is an essential component of projects, experiments, machines, and countless other processes and entities necessary for complex scientific, medical, and industrial procedures. Data provides important information that describes states of being, functionalities, and performance. Data can also be used to control processes and mechanizations. However, in order to be useful, data must be collected, processed, stored, and applied within a context. This is where data acquisition systems come into play.

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We’re In A Tight Spot! The Importance of Straight, Unobstructed Pipe Runs in Air Flow Measurement

Posted by TechStar on Mar 31, 2022 10:00:00 AM

The biggest challenge in air flow monitoring applications are obstructions causing turbulent or irregular airflow profiles in the desired straight run section. Most air flow measuring devices are adversely affected by an underdeveloped flow profile. Ideally, more straight run is added in to the length of duct or pipe where an air flow measurement device is needed to achieve the best accuracy.

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Topics: Air Monitor

Process Gas Chromatography (GC): What it is & How it Works

Posted by TechStar on Mar 31, 2022 4:00:00 AM

In chemistry, chromatography is a laboratory technique for separating a mixture into its constituents, either for analysis or preparative purification. During the mobile phase, the compound is dissolved in a gas. The solvent transports the mixture through a system and onto a material referred to as the stationary phase. The components of the mixture move between the mobile and stationary phases at different velocities, and this causes the components to separate.

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Data Acquisition Software: Types, Uses, and How to Choose

Posted by TechStar on Mar 23, 2022 1:23:38 PM

Data acquisition (DAQ) is the process of creating digital numeric values from real world sampling signals. In DAQ, physical conditions are converted into data that can be manipulated by a computer. DAQ solutions are comprised of a sensor, a signal conditioner, and an analog-to-digital converter. Sensors, often referred to as transducers, collect real-world information like temperature, pressure, flow, level, acceleration, pH, humidity, movement, force and more. A signal conditioner is responsible for executing actions on the signal to prepare it for the converter. The analog-to-digital converter renders the information useful by a computer. The DAQ process is often used for complex experiments and requires sophisticated software solutions.

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